It's been an unusual winter so far, here in Jacks Valley (south of Carson
City) at the backyard bird sanctuary. We had our first (observed)
rough-legged hawk and red-shouldered hawk! That last bird was so unexpected
I had to get out the field guide when I first saw it, having never seen nor
expected to see that species here in our neighborhood acre. Everything else
is pretty "normal," and the usual raptor suspects - Coopers, Sharp-shinned,
N. Harriers and Red-tails - still prey on all our yard birds and rabbits.
Saddest catch for me was a Cooper's noshing on a captured flicker . that was
disturbing and took all day. Since then, I've noticed the flickers at the
suet feeders almost get whiplash looking for incoming hawks.
The great horned owls are calling every night, competing with the coyote
chorus . life is good for all us wildlife here in Jacks Valley!
Good birding, all, Linda Hiller
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